One of my goals in 2015 was to visit 12 museums, and to share details about those visits with you. Museums are great places to hide, to socialize, to think, to listen to audiobooks or music and to wander. They are also places to collect inspiration, to ponder, to absorb, to grow and to learn. Hopefully one of my visits will inspire one of yours.
MUSEUM VISIT 10/12: CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS
DATE OF VISIT: 24 JULY 2015
This museum is right next door to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. It's a great way to catch two museums in one day, and experience two different curation styles.
I was in St. Louis with my friend Katie for the weekend, and we had just been to the Pulitzer museum before heading next door to check out the Contemporary Art Museum.
This museum had a true variety of exhibits, and they presented a range in themes as well. What I mean by this is that, in a museum like the Pulitzer, you have a tightly curated museum where all pieces on display are of the same caliber. It's very tightly done and concise in its approach. This museum presented a variety of artistic styles, a variety of curation techniques and a variety of subject matter. It felt more disjointed to me, but I think much of that can be attributed to just leaving the Pulitzer museum next door. I also think a disjointed feeling in a museum can be purposefully curated so as to support a specific exhibition or theme.
I noticed this museum featured work from artists of all ages (the youngest I read about were in their early 20s) and a variety of backgrounds—not everyone with pieces on display had an MFA. For someone like me (also without an MFA), it makes the art feel more accessible.
THREE THINGS THAT REALLY STRUCK ME:
1. The Variety Each exhibit had a different feeling and vibe than every other exhibit. I think this is a good thing, of course. There's likely something for everyone here. There was also variety in the physical space. Some gallery spaces were large rooms, others were small interior rooms with one entrance/exit.
2. It's a Great Spot to Meet. There were people sitting inside and outside having lunch or carrying on a meeting. Lots of great spaces to sit and talk.
3. Events. This museum had quite an event calendar going with non-standard options.
1. The museum is free sometimes! It depends on the day, season or event so check their website.
2. There's a small gift shop which was well done. Lots of neat gifts for all age ranges. You won't find super pricey, fancy stuff here.
3. The museum hosts a bunch of activities and events so check their website. One of these may coincide with your visit!
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Address: 3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 535-4660